Home Remedies on How To Remove Stickers

Stickers, whether they are the kind applied by a manufacturer or your child's favorite character stickers that are stuck on your furniture, are sometimes difficult to remove. Scraping with razor blades and using abrasive cleaners to scour the stickers off can damage many surfaces. Home remedies for removing stickers provide a more gentle, inexpensive approach that works.

Stickers and sticker adhesive can create a mess on furniture and other surfaces.


A spray bottle of vinegar helps remove stickers and sticker adhesive.

Vinegar is an inexpensive natural remedy for removing stickers. The mild acetic in vinegar breaks down the sticker adhesive so the sticker loosens from the surface to which it is stuck. Pour straight white vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray the stuck-on sticker liberally. Let the vinegar sit on the sticker for about 15 minutes to loosen the adhesive. In the meantime dampen a clean cloth with plain water, and warm the cloth in the microwave. The heat from the damp cloth helps to further loosen any sticker adhesive. Roll the sticker off the surface it's stuck to, spray the leftover adhesive with vinegar and wipe it off.

Olive Oil

Olive oil breaks down sticky residue on stickers.

Olive oil helps to remove stickers from surfaces such as glass, metal and wood. It is also used to remove sticker price tags from hard-surface items as well. Pour a quarter-size amount of olive oil onto a clean soft cloth, and rub the olive oil onto the sticker. Let the olive oil soak through the sticker, and work at loosening the adhesive for about 15 to 20 minutes. Rub the sticker with the clean cloth to remove the sticker and adhesive. Stickers that have been there quite awhile may require a bit of labor, but once you loosen the sticker, it will come off completely. Follow the sticker removal process by cleaning the surface with undiluted vinegar to remove the oily residue from the olive oil.

Nail Polish Remover

Acetone-based nail polish remover is effective for removing stickers from a variety of surfaces as it breaks down the sticker adhesive. Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, and place the wet cotton ball over the sticker. Leave the nail polish-soaked cotton ball in place for five minutes, and scrub the sticker with the wet cotton ball. The sticker will ball up and come off in bits so it's helpful to keep another cotton ball on hand to work at the remaining sticker if needed. Add a few drops of liquid fabric softener to the nail polish remover to tackle stickers that are really stuck on or have been on the surface for years.